2017 Fattoria di Felsina Fontalloro (750ml)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Wine Spectator's recognition of Fèlsina's 2013 Chianti Classico Berardenga, tapping it for their #40 spot in their Top 100 list for 2013 sure made that wine a big hit. 2017 has come, another winner, and alas the 2018 has landed and it too is another success by the talented Giovanni Poggiali. His influence (and that of Mother Nature's, too) really shines through again in 2018. The Chianti Classico Berardenga is another royal masterpiece. Coming from the estate's vineyards in the southeastern sector of the Classico zone, Fèlsina's Berardenga parcels are uniquely exposed, almost exclusively southwestern, and higher than many of their neighbors – topping out at 1,375 feet above sea level. These conditions made for an incredible 2018, one I cannot recommend highly enough. Such purity.

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The Fèlsina 2017 Fontalloro pours out of the bottle with a bang. This pure expression of Sangiovese is luscious and dark with thick layers of dark fruit, plum, cherry, leather and tilled earth. This hot-vintage edition shows good depth and intensity with lots of that black-fruit energy and extra concentration that is typical of this growing season. However, you can always count on Fontalloro to show balance, and that's exactly what you get here despite the adversity of the scorching summer season. That Sangiovese acidity remains intact and crisp. Production is 30,000 bottles.

95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug 2020)

Fontalloro is exquisite in 2017. It is also such a contrast to the Rancia, as the two wines could not possibly be more different. Fontalloro is bright and vibrant, with more sweet red Sangiovese character than the darker Rancia. It is also incredibly delicious now, even though it clearly has the energy to age for many years. The 2017 is one of the finest Fontalloros I can remember tasting.

95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sep 2020)

I like the clarity and linear quality to this with ripe-cherry and bark flavors. It’s full-bodied, though not heavy and ponderous. Racy and bright at the end. Drink or hold.

94 points, James Suckling (Jul 2020)

The flavors of cherry, strawberry and rose are pure, with a backbone of acidity and dense tannins for support. Iron and wild herb accents add depth as this red lingers, showing smoke and spice notes. Features a sense of urgency, driven by vivid acidity. The finish evokes energy. Best from 2022 through 2038. 3,500 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.

93 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct 2020)

In the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the Fèlsina property spills over the Chianti Classico border into Chianti Colli Senesi. Fontalloro is a blend of vineyards from both sides. Artfully tousled, it captures Sangiovese's untamed side. Sunbaked herbs and irony earth permeate exuberant wild berries. There is plenty to chew on without being heavy and while tannins are a bit gritty, this has a ton of personality.

93 points, Michaela Morris, Decanter (Jun 2020)

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